Our Rating
8.8
Overall

The Outpost

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kruger Concessions

from R 2850 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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The Outpost

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kruger Concessions

from R 2850 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Soak up 180 degree views from the spectacular cliff top location overlooking the Luvuvhu River – stunning rooms are unashamedly contemporary and stylish!

Our Ratings

8.8
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
9.0
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

Our Ratings

8.8
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
9.0
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • Some of the most strikingly attractive rooms of any game lodge – we love the “rooms with a view” courtesy of their unique open fronts where the absence of walls allows breathtaking panoramic views!
  • This is one of THE lodges to visit if you’re a keen birder with the area boasting the highest concentration of birds in the Kruger including some sought after specials
  • A visit to The Outpost gives you access to the most scenically beautiful area of the entire Kruger – highlights include the magical fever tree forest, the baobab trees seemingly around every corner and gorgeous views out over the Lanner and Mutale gorges
  • Enjoy stunning views as you relax in your freestanding bath or outside shower!

What's Not

  • Not as renowned for big game sightings (especially cats) as the southern part of the Kruger – then again the birding is unmatched and the area is also rated for excellent elephant and buffalo sightings
  • Not all people are going to enjoy the ultra-contemporary styling of the lodge – some may prefer a more traditionally styled camp
The Outpost

The Outpostthe design of The Outpost makes it one of the most strikingly attractive and unusual game lodges in the country - simple, clean lines are combined with elements of steel and concrete to create a minimalist chic

Lodge Profile

Soak up 180 degree views from the spectacular cliff top location overlooking the Luvuvhu River – stunning rooms are unashamedly contemporary and stylish!

Quick Overview

Location
Kruger Concession
Drive Time
6 - 7 hours drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking Makuleke River
Rooms
12 suites - 11 stand-alone suites + 1 honeymoon suite
Aircon
No, but eco-friendly cooling system
Pool
Yes
Spa
In-room massages
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
No - just ranger
Off Road
No
Child Policy
No children under 10

The Outpost lies in the little visited far north of the Kruger in the Makuleke concession area, a vast and remote wilderness area bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by the famous Crook’s Corner (named in the 19th century as the region was a haven for criminals and poachers who would use this meeting point of 3 different countries at the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers to escape the long arm of the law by literally being able to step across into another country where pursuing police had no jurisdiction!) That outlaw past may be long gone, but what still remains to this day is the stunningly attractive scenery (undisputably the finest in the entire Kruger Park) and the extremely diverse range of wildlife found in the area.
The setting of The Outpost has taken full advantage of the area’s scenic splendour with the lodge’s 12 luxurious suites being perched on a hillside where they enjoy eye-popping views of the Luvuvhu River below. We have to say that the design of The Outpost makes it one of the most strikingly attractive and unusual game lodges in the country - simple, clean lines are combined with elements of steel and concrete to create a minimalist chic, whilst the design does away with front walls (there are just retractable screens) which completely opens up the front of the suites so that they enjoy stunning 180 degree views of the valley. You can simply relax on your bed (or even in your free-standing bath!) and soak up the vistas for hours in comfort. The immaculate teak deck extends into a comfortable lounge and an award-winning bathroom which can be screened off for privacy, with a stone bath and open shower boasting views extending as far as Mozambique! There’s also a private outdoor terrace with daybed (where you can request a private massage)

There are 11 Luxury Suites as well as a magnificent Honeymoon Suite which enjoys the best position of all – they’re connected to each other and the central lodge area by a 500m Zimbabwean teak walkway. The main lodge area boasts similarly clean symmetrical architectural lines and contemporary furniture, with some distinctive touches to soften the modern, almost industrial feel of the materials including Nguni cow-hides on the Ottomans and colourful pillows. The same openness and extensive views that characterise the suites are also prevalent here, whether you’re relaxing in the gorgeous pool or with an ice cold drink at the modern bar chatting to fellow guests.

The part of the Kruger may not have the same reputation for big cats as areas in the south, but it does boast abundant wildlife including less common species not evident in the southern and central regions of the park. Apart from large herds of elephant and buffalo, the area is great for nyala, an antelope which is not easily found in the more southern regions. But perhaps the element that needs to be most singled out here is the exceptional birding (certainly the best in the entire Kruger!) with just some of the specialities including the Pel’s fishing-owl, black-throated wattle-eye, Bohm’s spinetail, African crowned eagle and racket-tailed roller.

We mentioned earlier that a key attraction to a stay at The Outpost is that the concession boasts superior scenic beauty when compared to the rest of the park – take a visit for example to the awe-inspiring vistas over the Lanner Gorge! This aesthetic beauty is also largely due to the fantastic vegetation in the concession area, including massive baobabs and a surreal fever tree forest where you’re literally surrounded by a sea of yellow-green! What it adds up to is that the twice daily game drives are about so much more than racing around ticking off the Big Five – this is a very, very special area indeed, where you’ll get to enjoy wonderful scenery, an unmatched feeling of remoteness, exceptional birding (especially in summer with the migrants) as well as game viewing! Add in the innovative architecture and top-class facilities and services of The Outpost itself and it becomes a near irresistible combination! Certainly if you’re a fan of contemporary cutting edge architecture and décor styling, or an enthusiastic birder in particular, then a visit to The Outpost should be near the top of your bucket list!

Pricing

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Booking Notes

  • All prices quoted are based on a minimum stay of two nights
  • Rates quoted are only applicable to South African residents
  • Rates are applicable to Suites/Spaces 1 – 11
  • Kruger National Park gate fees must be settled directly at the entrance gate: Adult: R76 per person per stay
  • Concession Fee: R150/adult per stay, R75/child per stay
  • Subject to availability

Child Policy

  • Children aged 10 - 12 years will pay 50% of adult rates
  • Children must be supervised at all times as the rooms are open air with open balconies and the lodge has an unfenced pool